Barneys/Disney collaboration sparks controversy, starts online petition

Remember a few months ago we told you about Disney collaborating with Barneys for this year’s Christmas window display? Well it turns out not everyone was as excited about it as we initially thought.

As we previously mentioned, some of our most beloved Disney characters were getting a make-over which not only meant a designer wardrobe, but also an entire body revamp too. In other words, Minnie Mouse and her pals were getting the stretched out and slimmed down treatment by having their bodies turned into those of catwalk supermodels.

Californian blogger and dancer Ragen Chastain has started a petition to Barneys’ Display Communications Manager Rick Barroso, in the fear that the campaign could spark eating problems among young and impressionable girls.

“There is something wrong with changing a beloved children’s character’s body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in – adding to the tremendous pressure on young girls and women to attain Photoshop perfection,” reads the petition.

“The problem isn’t with Minnie’s body, it’s with a dress that only looks good on a woman who is 5’11 and a size zero.”

And it looks like she isn’t alone, as over 100,000 people have currently signed the online “Leave Minnie Mouse alone” petition. You can head to if you feel the same way.

Where do you stand?


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